I remember way back when the first Ultra X-Connect power supply hit
the market a couple years ago, it was truly a watershed moment.
While modular power supplies are
de riguer these days, it wasn't always the case. The
X-Connect, being the first fully modular power supply, showed us
that every component in a PC has the potential to be a fashion
statement. The bane of case modders everywhere has always been the
excess cabling from the power supply. With the advent of the
modular power supply, the only cables that were present were the
ones that were absolutely needed. Fast forward to 2007, and
every PSU maker in sight (with the exception of PC Power and
Cooling) has a plethora of modular power supplies on the market.
So, it would appear that Ultra
struck gold with the modular idea. So can they strike
twice? Today we bring the third generation of the X-Connect;
Out of Box Experience:
The attractive and glossy package are a hint as to
what is to come.
The box actually has a flap that lifts up and
gives us most of the basic information that we need to know about
this unit. We also get a nice shot of the third
generation modular connector interface.
Inside the box is another sealed box, continuing
with the same shiny black motif.
Within the box, the PSU is sandwiched between two
slabs of foam, topped with a box packed with all the accessories.
The power supply is well situated in its
protective foam, and wrapped in plastic to protect the finish.
The first look is at the back of the power supply,
and we see that the X3 utilizes the honeycomb design that is
becoming rather popular these days.
On the bottom, we see the massive 135mm fan in
charge of cooling the unit. As you know, the bigger, the
On the front side, we see the connection interface
for the modular connectors. As you can see, the X3 eschews the
practice of using proprietary connectors in favor of the standard
Molex and PCI-e power plugs, with the exception of the two SATA
rails. This may appeal to case modders, as building custom
cables is now much easier. The connectors themselves are
mounted onto an aluminum plate for added rigidity.
Here we see the top of the supply. The
power supply consists of a very glossy coated metal. The only
drawback to this gorgeous surface is the fact that it is
ridiculously easy to smudge.
The X3 shows off the specs with a nice big label.
36A on the 12V rail should be sufficient for any single GPU system.
Finally, we have the spaghetti. The
FlexForce cables are fully coated black strands, which makes the
aesthetics consistent. The cables are also more flexible than
standard cables, which should help with organization. Now that we know what the X3 looks
like, we can talk about the innards.